It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for lists! First, I reveal my favorite — not the best — series that I watched in 2013. Number one will not surprise you.
Where to begin?
Film has been a part of my blood for as long as I can remember.
Once upon a time, in a land of pastoral backdrops and toothpicks that served more to pick between phantom teeth that were no longer there than to promote healthy gums, I was rescued from selling flowers on the corner, singing about choc-o-lates and warm, comfy ‘airs, by a man trying to win a bet.
Blue is the Warmest Color will be an impossible sell for some audiences, but there’s real beauty here, and a lot more than just what you’ve heard about.
When Dumbledore left me on the doorstep, his instructional letter said to name me Chase and shield me from the spells of Dark Wizards. Or something like that. I’ve always been a little fuzzy on the details.
Martin Scorsese’s searing epic of greed and debauchery is… well, it’s not for everyone.
Ben Stiller shines on both sides of the camera in this easygoing fantasy, which makes up for a weak script with visual flair.
As a send-off for Matt Smith, this Christmas special was heartfelt — even beautiful in places. But as an episode of Doctor Who? Yikes.
Just in time for the holidays, I geek out on my favorite Muppet film.
David O. Russell’s effervescent caper has a crackerjack cast, but is slightly less than the sum of its gleaming parts.